August 7, 2008 8:20 am
I hope everyone watching the anthrax/Bruce Ivins case has been reading Marcy's stellar work, particularly her delving of the Justice Department's selective document dump yesterday (see especially her wrapup on the documents and the timeline she constructed, as well as this morning's note). The bottom line: "they haven't solved this crime, but they want us to all go away and pretend they have."
Some of the evidence presented is fairly damning, to be sure. There's a big red flag in the middle this affidavit: Ivins gave the FBI false anthrax samples during their investigation of the mailings in April 2002. What's particularly noteworthy is that he appeared to be hiding the fact that his lab samples (which he originally did not hand over) matched the samples in the mailings.
Besides being extraordinarily suspicious behavior (Ivins' explanations were far from convincing) this sort of non-cooperation is also obstruction of justice. And that, no doubt, was a club the FBI began holding over his head to get his cooperation in the years that followed.